Health - Policy and Practice

 

Our Pre-school/ Club promotes a healthy lifestyle in its day to day work with children and adults. This is achieved in the following ways:

Food

  • All meals and snacks provided will be nutritious and pay due attention to children's particular dietary requirements.
  • At least one member of staff must hold (minimum) a Basic Food Hygiene certificate per session. It is best practice to update every three years. The manager must have attended the Safer food, better business course and make sure all staff have been trained in basic food hygiene.
  • When cooking with children as an activity, the adults will provide healthy, wholesome food, promoting and extending the children's understanding of a healthy diet. Ensuring all dietary needs, such as allergies etc. has been taken into account.
  • Children who have not received breakfast at home will have the chance to have their mid-morning snack first.  A member of staff will try to establish with the parent why the child has not eaten that morning and support them in trying to get their child to eat breakfast if there is an issue.
  • Milk and water will be served with morning and afternoon snacks. Water will be available at all times throughout the day.
  • Children will be able to have second helpings of fruit or milk.
  • Soft drinks will not be served and sweets will only be allowed on special occasions.i.e. Christmas and Easter.
  • Parents or guardians will be advised if their child is not eating well.
  • Parents of children who are on special diets will be asked to provide as much information as possible about suitable foods and in some cases may be asked to provide the food themselves.
  • A specific allergy plan will be in place to deal with any child having an allergic reaction. Withholding food will not be used as a form of punishment.
  • Children will be encouraged to develop good eating skills and table manners and will be given plenty of time to eat.
  • Advice will be given to parents about suitable foods to bring from home, including suitable party food and healthy packed lunch options.

 

Outdoor Play

Children will have the opportunity to play in the fresh air throughout the year (either in the groups own outside play area or on outings to parks or other community play spaces).

During summer months, we adopt a 'safe sun screening' practice (sun cream, hats, water to drink and shelter), seeking parent’s notification as to any allergies to cream.

 

Illness

 

  • Parents are asked to keep their children at home if they have any infection and to inform the group as to the nature of the infection so that other parents can be alerted, and make careful observations of any child who seems unwell. Some outbreaks of illness need to be referred to the Public Health England (PHE).  Please refer to their website for more information.
  • Parents are asked not to bring into the Club or Pre-school any child who has been vomiting or had diarrhoea until at least 48 hours has elapsed since the last attack.
  • Cuts or open sores, whether on adults or children, will be covered with sticking plaster, or other dressing.
  • As a general rule, staff are not permitted to administer medication to children (i.e. Paracetemol, anti-biotics etc.). Unless agreed by a senior member of staff.
  • If a child is on prescribed medication for an existing long term condition/illness or disability, the following procedures will be followed at the discretion of staff and committee:

 

  • The parent of children with special medical needs, are to inform the senior member of staff in charge.
  • Written information will be obtained from the parent, giving clear instructions about the dosage already given, dosage due and at what time, administration, and permission for a member of staff to follow the instructions. It must be signed and dated by the parent.
  • All medication will be kept in a lockable cupboard.
  • A medication book will be available to log in: Name of child receiving medication; times that the medication should be administered; date and time when medication is administered; together with the signature of person who has administered each dose and a witness.

With regard to the administration of lifesaving medication such as insulin/adrenalin injections or the use of nebulisers, the position will be clarified by reference to the Pre-school/Club's insurance company. Any staff required to undertake such ministrations will be fully trained by a doctor or nurse qualified to do so.

The Pre-school/Club will ensure that the first aid equipment is kept clean, replenished and replaced as necessary. Sterile items will be kept sealed in their packages until needed.

 

The named person(s) responsible for overseeing healthy early years is Julie Nicholls and Sarah Cox, although all staff are responsible for ensuring that they promote the health and well-being of all children in the setting.

 

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